one, two, many
Manon de Boer
Belgium -  2012
Color - 21’ 38’’ - English spoken

one, two, many

Manon de Boer

one, two, many© Manon de Boer

The film one, two, many is made up three performances: a piece for flute featuring circular breathing, a spoken monologue, and a song by four singers in front of an audience.


Each of these sections explores the existential space of the voice in its own particular way. Connecting the three performances are the central themes of the individual’s body, listening to the other, and finding the right distance for multiple voices in a social space. one, two, many was presented on two screens at DOCUMENTA13 in 2012. Here, it is shown on three screens, as Manon de Boer originally intended.


Manon de Boer completed her artistic education at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.


Using personal narration and musical interpretation as both method and subject, de Boer explores the relationship between language, time, and various truth claims to produce a series of portrait films in which the film medium itself is constantly under scrutiny.


Her work has been screened at major international cultural events, it has been included in numerous film festivals and has been the subject of one-woman shows in high-profile museums and galleries.


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